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M8 Margherita Otto Barolo
Margherita Otto is a new winery located in Monforte d’Alba founded by an American (turned Piemontese!), Alan Manley. Alan grew up in Westchester, NY, and later moved to Colorado where he ran his own restaurant for many years. It was there where he developed a love for wine, especially Barolo. His first visit to the region was back in 1995 and he continued to visit as often as possible in the ensuing years. Eventually he decided to sell his restaurant and move to Barolo with the dream of eventually making his own wine. His moved to the region in 2011 and was lucky to be offered a job helping out Maria Teresa Mascarello in the Bartolo Mascarello winery (a role he continues in today). He also worked part time for some other well-known producers as well including Luciano Sandrone and Cavallotto.
Alan says his goal is “to make a wine of elegance, with precise structure and focus”, an objective he has certainly accomplished early on. The wines are cut from a classic Piedmontese cloth, mineral-driven, with nice acid, drive, and tannic structure. Given the care and attention to detail in both the vineyards and cellar, the wines should age gracefully for 15-20 years or more. Importers Notes
Manley produces only one Barolo, a traditionally styled assemblaggio, very much in the old style with co-fermentation of the various plots, long maceration on the skins and ageing exclusively in large casks. His 2017 shows how extraordinary skilful Manley is with Nebbiolo. Walter Speller, Jancis Robinson
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